10 budget bedroom makeover ideas
1. Replace your bedlinen
The bed is normally the focal point of any bedroom design scheme, so a new throw or set of bedlinen will instantly transform your space. In summer months, add some colour with bright yellows and spring green bedding. Bold floral patterns are always popular at that time of year – but, if that’s too girlie for your taste go for geometric patterns or stripes. Create a warmer, cosier atmosphere in winter with darker shades, such as deep purples, plums, greys and metallic. Cosy knit and faux fur throws can also help change the look in your bedroom and won’t break the bank. Even a scattering of cushions will make a real difference. Why not have a go at making contemporary envelope cushions or ribbon cushions?
2. Rearrange bedroom furniture
Heard of Feng Shui? One way to immediately change the feel of any bedroom is to simply move the furniture around. Change the position of the bed, move your dressing table, bring in a favourite chair. If your bedroom is on the small side, try taking some furniture out. A new configuration will really shake things up. Oh, and while you’re at it, flip the mattress so it doesn’t become uneven.
3. Create a bedroom feature wall
A feature wall is a great way of adding energy and interest to your scheme without overpowering it. You could try painting, wallpapering, hanging a tapestry, adding wall stickers - the decorating options are endless. Read how to create a bedroom feature wall for more tips and see our bedroom feature wall design ideas gallery.
4. Declutter and update bedroom storage
A cluttered, chaotic bedroom is not sexy and it’s certainly not zen. Avoid clutter and create a calm, restful space by spending an afternoon clearing out unwanted items to create more space. You’ll be amazed how different a room can look. Store unseasonal items under the bed or in decorative boxes on top of the wardrobe.
For more advice read our article how to declutter, plus advice on bedroom storage and our bedroom storage design ideas gallery.
5. Harmonise your bedroom colour scheme
Mixing and matching different colours in your bedroom can look great if you like the eclectic look, but make sure them complement each other for a unified, harmonious look. If there are numerous colours and patterns vying for attention your bedroom, it can end up looking jarring. Consider going back to basics by stripping back any overpowering features, such as fussy curtains or carpets. Once you’ve gone back to a blank canvas, you can then start carefully adding in bright accessories that complement each other. Read our advice on choosing complementary colours, and decorating with accent colours for more tips.
6. Update bedroom furniture
If your bedroom furniture is looking a bit tired, give it a new lease of life with a lick of paint or re-covering with some new fabric. If you haven’t tried ‘up cycling’ before, don’t worry – it’s not hard! Simply painting a chest of draws, replacing door knobs on a wardrobe or re-upholstering an old chair are quick and easy projects that will transform old bedroom furniture. Take a look at our ideas for up cycling old furniture for more tips. If you really do need to replace old wardrobes, chest of draws or bedframes check out our affordable bedroom furniture sets gallery for some of the best buys on the high street and online stores.
7. Choose or make new curtains or a blind
Changing your bedroom window dressing will also make a huge difference to the bedroom without the need for decorating. There are many stylish yet affordable options on the high street for curtains - but, if you’re a fan of the vintage look why not check out your local charity shops for some fabulous fabrics? Why not have a go at making your own curtains or blinds? It’s not as difficult as it sounds, and aside from the pride you can take in creating something yourself – you can save money and chose the exact colour or pattern you want. You could choose a classic Roman blind , pleated curtains or even eyelet curtains . For basic advice, read our article how to choose curtains.
8. Make your own art and accessories
It doesn’t have to be an original Banksy. Frame a favourite print or photograph or even a child’s drawing. You could even gather several frames images together and organise in a cluster to create a wonderful bedroom feature wall. Watch our video, presented by designer Kathryn Rayward, on how to create a photo display. Alternatively why not create your own wall art or even a head board. We love this art deco headboard and fairy light headboard.
9. Arrange fresh flowers
Don’t underestimate the effect a vase of fresh flowers can have on your bedroom. Not only do they look and smell beautiful, they also bring nature indoors - truly a lovely thing to wake up to. Take a look at our flower arrangement ideas and tips for choosing flowers. If you don’t fancy buying new blooms each week, why not consider a window box or even a colourful hanging basket outside?
10. Turn your bedroom into a boudoir
A boutique hotel boudoir needn’t break the bank, Au contraire. Let us inspire you with a contemporary yet budget boudoir; a vintage Parisian pleasure-pad or a modern glamour bedroom. Just add chilled champagne and two glasses. Cheers!